by Amy Atkins
James Patrick, the current executive director of the Warner Theatre in Torrington, Conn., has been named the Morrison Center's new executive director.
Patrick will be responsible for maintaining the health and well-being of the 2,000-seat facility, courting national and international acts to perform there, and will also need to continue growing the relevance of the venue to the local community. And according to his curriculum vitae, he is well equipped to do all of that.
In a press release sent out by Boise State today, Patrick's qualifications range far and wide: from arts management, to being a scion in his Connecticut community, to performing. He spent seven years at the Warner Theatre where "he increased attendance by 30 percent." He was recently "honored as one of the 50 most influential people in Connecticut’s Litchfield County" along with Joan Rivers and Oscar de la Renta.
And, if the photo above looks kind of like a headshot, that's probably because Patrick told Boise State that he spent six years on the daytime rom-drama Another World. It must have been a very small role, or he acted under a nom de plume, because he isn't even listed on the soap opera's Wikipedia page.
I'm hoping to chat with Patrick tomorrow, so I'll ask him about that. And, of course, about his plans for the Morrison Center.